When you enter your late 30s and early 40s, skincare starts to take on a bit more importance, even if it was something you always valued. While some women start to be concerned or uncomfortable with the idea of visibly aging, for others, developing and sticking to a healthy skincare routine in your 40s is more about aging as gracefully as you possibly can and keeping your body’s largest organ as healthy as possible, rather than trying to stubbornly prevent aging entirely.

There are many things you can do beginning in your 40s (or even earlier in some cases) to keep your skin healthy for the rest of your life. If you’re looking for more ideas about how to take care of your skin during your 40s, here’s what you need to know.

Boost collagen and elastin production

While the skin on your face likely looks full and plump rather than thin and sunken, as it can while you’re aging, in your 40s your body’s production of elastin and collagen starts to slow. “Therefore, we need to boost collagen and elastin production with peptides as well as antioxidants that can increase collagen production, which gives our skin that supple tone,” Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, a dermatologist, told me.

“Our skin cell turnover dramatically reduces as well, resulting in dullness, dryness as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Retinols are critical to help speed up the process once again and brighten the complexion,” Nussbaum continued. “Due to the extra layers of dead skin cells, we are also less hydrated and losing moisture. Therefore, it may be time, depending on your skin type, to switch over from oil-free products to creamier, thicker humectants and occlusives with ceramides and hyaluronic acids to rehydrate and plump the skin.”

Consciously adding thicker hydrating creams and retinols can help keep your skin looking healthy, dewy, and refreshed, which is what women of all ages want, after all.


To help keep your skin glowing in your 40s, you likely need to exfoliate more regularly than you did in your 20s and 30s because skin cell turnover happens slower than in earlier decades.

“Regular peels and exfoliation products help, Retin-A, peptides, and vitamin C are great in the anti-aging arsenal at this time,” said Celebrity Esthetician Angela Caglia. “It’s also a time when fillers can take back years.” Using scrubs and other exfoliators can help in between professional peels.

Drink lots of water

Drinking plenty of water each and every day is exceptionally important for your overall health. It’s good for your organs, your energy levels, and — you guessed it — your skin. According to Jean Rossolillo, a medical aesthetician and laser technician with Full Circle Health, drinking plenty of water is important because “hydrating internally can help our skin hold on to moisture.” That’s important as you get older and your skin doesn’t automatically retain as much moisture as it did in previous decades.

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